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Mathoura face Dogs in B grade decider

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September 08, 2017

Picola and District Netball League 2017 award winners (from left) C reserve best and fairest Tayla Gittens, B grade runner-up best and fairest Kat Wippel and B grade best and fairest Shannon Mills.

Mathoura Netball Club has one hope left for the Picola and District League decider tomorrow.

The Timbercutters’ B grade unit have had an incredible year with only two losses and a draw placing them second on the ladder.

They play Strathmerton for the title and will have the entire club behind them as the final Timbercutter team remaining.

Playing-coach Kat Wippel said most of the team had never played together before this year.

‘‘From the very beginning we have just clicked as a group,’’ she said.

‘‘All the girls play with passion and they play for the team.

‘‘I think the fact that we are a team on and off the court is the reason behind our success.

‘‘As individuals they are all great players but when they take the court as a team they are amazing players all feeding off each other.’’

Wippel said they were looking forward to pushing Strathy all the way tomorrow.

‘‘Strathy are a fast paced and tall team and they will challenge us all over the court,’’ she said.

‘‘We have won one and lost one against them, but if everything falls into place and we play our own game like we have all year I think we are an extremely good chance.’’

Mathoura finished above the Bulldogs, who were fourth on the ladder and having to fight their way through Tocumwal, Blighty and Deni Rovers to make the big dance.

The Timbercutters had a smoother run, defeating Blighty in the qualifying final and then going straight into the grand final after a 10-goal win over Rovers in the semi-final.

Mathoura will go into the game with the league’s best and fairest and runner-up in their side.

Shannon Mills took out best and fairest and Wippel was runner-up in Monday night’s league vote count.

Wippel said it was a testament to the year the team has had.

‘‘We couldn’t have done it without our teammates out there with us week in-week out,’’ she said.

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